If people were starting to believe that David Ayer’s Suicide Squad was going to be a lighter look at DC Comics’ villains and street-level crime, that’s about to change. We already got some inside details (and theories) on the supernatural forces at work in the film’s big bad, but the latest clip from the movie shows that Enchantress (Cara Delevingne) will quite literally be erasing the line between the normal, everyday world of the DCEU – and the dark, mystical, and ancient forces this ragtag group will be contending with.
Debuting during Delevingne’s appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and making its way online soon after, it wasn’t the action, the musical score, or the bright-and-manic marketing on display. It was one effect: that of June Moone letting the ancient Enchantress possessing her take over… the final command given by Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) is probably worth mentioning, too.
In our conversations with costume designer Kate Hawley, some interesting details concerning Enchantress were offered – though at the time, there was little footage to give context. But after seeing Moon utter (whisper) the word “Enchantress,” the claims of “real” magic and multiple “transitions” between identities makes a bit more sense. Beginning with the blackened fingers of the Enchantress crawling out from beneath June’s the sudden takeover is still kept, tantalizingly, out of frame.
But it isn’t the only detail offered in the trailer worth talking about. After Enchantress makes her debut to the stunned Washington bigwigs, Amanda Waller confirms that the “Enchantress” residing in Moone’s body is a being thousands of years old – a fact further teased in the glimpse of the debrief given to everyone present:
To save our readers from straining their eyes, the text that’s in-focus seems to imply that the small totem of a (frightening-looking) woman found in an ancient cave is believed to be known as ‘The Enchantress’ – and from the rest of the passage, we believe that it’s this item that Moone first encountered, before being possessed by its supernatural host:
…following the rescue of Dr Moone in 2015 and again following her arrest by CIA agent Waller in 2016, reveal that the North and Middle caves were defined by two early cultural complexes (Hunter 2016). The earliest, period A, is characterized by primitive tools including flakes, scrapers, a tanged triangular-bladed projectile point, and the remains of Iluichuand, and small game including rabbits, mice and birds.
Aside from confirming that Moone has been struggling to control the Enchantress within her (or failing completely) since 2015, before Amanda Waller – then a CIA agent – brought her in (and under her supervision), the passage also namedrops the “Iluichuand”; presumably, the name given to the ancient people who crafted the items in the 10,000 BCE cave. Our theory on the comic book story being turned to for the film’s fiction should help shed some light on these details, but again, it’s likely going to be the transition itself – right out of a horror movie, and executed with extreme precision – that gets fans most excited to see more on the big screen.
Suicide Squad is scheduled to arrive in theaters on August 5, 2016; Wonder Woman is slated for release on June 2, 2017; followed by Justice League on November 17, 2017; Aquaman on July 27, 2018; an untitled DC Film on October 5, 2018; Shazam on April 5, 2019; Justice League 2 on June 14, 2019; an untitled DC film on November 1, 2019; Cyborg on April 3, 2020; and Green Lantern Corps on July 24, 2020. The Flash is currently without a release date.
Source: ABC (via JoBlo)